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BurbMan

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Posted: 11/11/20 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got my 2015 with 79k miles on it and love it so far!

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Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers.


I thought it just me! My front wheels look like they are aftermarket black wheels between washes! Will definitely look at ceramic pads when it's time for brakes. No issues with the calipers so far.


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BurbMan wrote:

Got my 2015 with 79k miles on it and love it so far!

RobWNY wrote:

Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers.


I thought it just me! My front wheels look like they are aftermarket black wheels between washes! Will definitely look at ceramic pads when it's time for brakes. No issues with the calipers so far.


No issues like this with the 6 speed manual, but the exhaust brake works down to 800 RPM. [emoticon]

OP, you will be happy with the truck. They have a couple of quirks but are overall very solid.


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blofgren wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

Got my 2015 with 79k miles on it and love it so far!

RobWNY wrote:

Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers.


I thought it just me! My front wheels look like they are aftermarket black wheels between washes! Will definitely look at ceramic pads when it's time for brakes. No issues with the calipers so far.


No issues like this with the 6 speed manual, but the exhaust brake works down to 800 RPM. [emoticon]

OP, you will be happy with the truck. They have a couple of quirks but are overall very solid.


I don’t have an issue with brake dust, EB on Full every time I drive.


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RobWNY wrote:

I had a 2017 Ram 3500 although it had the 6.4 Hemi. Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers. Mine started sticking at 9K miles and replacements started sticking at 15,000 miles. Other than that, it was a great truck!


My ‘14 had a rear brake caliper seize at 45k Kms. Required a tow and full rear brake replacement. Was also a $1200 job like everything on this truck. I now have the brakes serviced every 30k as recommended.


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BurbMan wrote:

Got my 2015 with 79k miles on it and love it so far!

RobWNY wrote:

Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers.


I thought it just me! My front wheels look like they are aftermarket black wheels between washes! Will definitely look at ceramic pads when it's time for brakes. No issues with the calipers so far.

I don't know why Ram doesn't put ceramic pads on at the factory. I now have a 2020 Silverado with a Duramax that I bought new in July. No brake dust whatsoever.


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camp-n-family wrote:

My ‘14 had a rear brake caliper seize at 45k Kms. Required a tow and full rear brake replacement. Was also a $1200 job like everything on this truck. I now have the brakes serviced every 30k as recommended.


$1200 for rear brakes??? Its $300 for the rear kit (calipers, pads, rotors) at Rockauto, $400 if you want the heavy duty kit. $800 to $900 for labor for a 2 hour job? Yikes.

Just curious where it is "Recommended" to service your brakes every 30K miles/km. I have a diesel and use the EB all the time, but at 60K miles my brakes are still measuring in the "green" zone.


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Op the truck looks nice. 17 is a good year as is 15, 18.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Op the truck looks nice. 17 is a good year as is 15, 18.


Not 13, 14, or 16? [emoticon]

The 13 and 14 had dual rads but still not a deal breaker. Somehow I’ll manage to change that pesky Y coolant fitting which I’m sure will take a whole 10 minutes. [emoticon]

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blofgren wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Op the truck looks nice. 17 is a good year as is 15, 18.


Not 13, 14, or 16? [emoticon]

The 13 and 14 had dual rads but still not a deal breaker. Somehow I’ll manage to change that pesky Y coolant fitting which I’m sure will take a whole 10 minutes. [emoticon]


OOPS I missed 16. 13 and 14 are good but the 15's -18's have a better overall track record. Source, years as a member on the TDR.

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garysol wrote:

The CP4 issue has been way overblown in my opinion. Call your local dealer and ask them how many they have had to replace vs how many trucks they have sold. Also all HO trucks built after July 2020 have a revised symmetrical CP4 pump that may be a fix for those CP4 problems that did arise.


Probably, but it's a known issue that can be really significant. It was certainly a factor when I picked a Ram back in 2015. The current Duramax doesn't have one. They're all good trucks, I'd personally lean towards the one without the known issue. Buying used that might make me lean Ram, new probably Duramax.


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